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Sirens & Gavels settlements archive

MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012

TSA settles lawsuit from prosecutor 

The Transportation Security Administration has paid Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen $225,000 for medical bills resulting from a fall in 2008 during an airport screening. Rasmussen, who walked with a cane following childhood polio, filed a lawsuit seeking $1 million in 2010 following an incident...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2012

Troopers in Chism case not punished

The two Washington State Patrol troopers whose botched child pornography investigation cost taxpayers $2.4 million have been transferred off a sex crimes unit but have not faced any discipline for providing false information to a judge. WSP Sgt. John Sager and Trooper Rachel Gardner are...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2012

WSP settles Chism lawsuit for $2.4mil 

A botched search for child pornography at the home of a Spokane firefighter will cost Washington taxpayers $2.4 million. The Washington State Patrol and the attorney for Spokane Fire Department Lt. Todd Chism have settled a lawsuit stemming from the January 2008 search of Chism’s...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012

$400k to settle open records lawsuit

Spokane County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $400,000 settlement in a six-year-old case stemming from an open records request. The Neighborhood Alliance of Spokane County won on appeal before the state Supreme Court last September, setting the stage for Tuesday’s action. The alliance in 2005...

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MONDAY, AUG. 29, 2011

Fatal crash leads to 'substantial' payout

The family of a 9-year-old girl killed in a car crash that led to an infraction against the stop-sign running driver will receive a "substantial" amount of money in an out-of-court lawsuit settlement, their lawyer says. Olivia Chaffin (pictured) died June 10, 2010, after a...

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THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011

County to pay $230k in jail mail lawsuit

Spokane County will pay $230,000 to settle a lawsuit over restrictions on jail inmates’ mail. County commissioners and Sheriff’s Office officials also agreed Tuesday to abandon a policy of requiring messages from friends and families of prisoners to be written on postcards. A consent decree...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011

$260k to woman strip-searched in jail

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The city of Olympia has agreed to pay $260,000 to a woman strip-searched and zapped with a stun gun in the city jail. Cynthia Brown's lawyer Edwin Budge calls the agreement "vindication to some degree." While settling, the city denies liability....

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TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011

Asbestos victims consider $43M deal

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — More than 1,100 victims of asbestos contamination are nearing a $43 million settlement over claims that Montana health officials failed to warn miners about the hazards of a deadly vermiculite mine, documents in the case show. Hundreds of people have been...

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TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009

Settlement approved for 'donkey kick' jail death

The Spokane County Commission unanimously approved a $425,000 settlement today for the children of a man who died following a struggle with jailers. Benites S. Sichiro suffered multiple Taser shocks, was beaten unconscious and struck with jailer’s “donkey kick” before the 39-year-old died of a...

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